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Southern District of Texas

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Convicted Sex Offender Detained on New Child Porn Charge

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - A 64-year-old Corpus Christi resident has been charged with possession of child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick.

Today, U.S. Magistrate Judge B. Janice Ellington ordered Manuel Diaz detained pending further criminal proceedings.

The criminal complaint filed April 27, 2018, alleges that in July 2017, Diaz was at a pharmacy printing photographs of nude children from a flash drive. A forensic examination allegedly resulted in the discovery of child erotica and child pornography images of children as young as 12-years-old. Law enforcement also discovered more than 750 images and 100 videos of child pornography, according to the charges. The criminal complaint further alleges Diaz has a prior conviction related to a sex offense.

If convicted, Diaz faces a minimum of 10 years and up to 20 years in federal prison and a possible $250,000 maximum fine.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations and Corpus Christi Police Department’s – Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force conducted the investigation with the assistance of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.  

Assistant U.S. Attorney Hugo R. Martinez is prosecuting the case, which was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc. For more information about internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab "resources."

A criminal complaint is a formal accusation of criminal conduct, not evidence.
A defendant is presumed innocent unless convicted through due process of law.

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Updated May 10, 2018